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by iandusud
14 Feb 2020, 6:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyre for a narrow rim
Replies: 46
Views: 1656

Re: Touring tyre for a narrow rim

Hi, This is the very worst section of our route, which I know will be a test for any 28mm tyre. But apart from about 3 miles in total of this we will have 450 miles of something resembling tarmac. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1997060 In that case use what you have and carry a spare tyre, which...
by iandusud
14 Feb 2020, 6:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Huret Duopar; flawed genius at work?
Replies: 16
Views: 817

Re: Huret Duopar; flawed genius at work?

I wonder how many Eco RDs Huret made, it must run into millions as they were fitted as OE to so many bikes in the 70s and 80s. As for the Duopar I had one on my one and only bike in the 80s. It would certainly cope with a huge range of gears and worked well but they were fragile, so not for the ham-...
by iandusud
13 Feb 2020, 8:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Changing gear on dropped bar bike hurts my arthritic wrists. Suggestions pls.
Replies: 15
Views: 688

Re: Changing gear on dropped bar bike hurts my arthritic wrists. Suggestions pls.

I can appreciate your predicament. I have a certain amount of arthritis in my wrists and find that the throw on Shimano STIs can be somewhat awkward. SRAM Double Tap is better. I'm a big fan of bar-end shifters. If you haven't used them you might be tempted to think that you have to reach down to op...
by iandusud
11 Feb 2020, 10:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for workstand
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: recommendation for workstand

i have one of the generic ones that are on Ebay or Amazon for about £25 (Lidl one is similar), which also doubles as a camera 'quadpod' if I take pictures in the garage. I have a good quality folding stand similar to the Park Tools one but it has many years of professional use. However I have been ...
by iandusud
11 Feb 2020, 10:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go? Gears.
Replies: 60
Views: 2608

Re: How low can you go? Gears.

I imagine this is due to a pause while trying to put your foot in the toeclip or clip into the pedal. I think it depends on how you manage the stoker. In my tandem days with various stokers of various abilities, I would never allow the stoker to put a foot down. This meant that the stoker was able ...
by iandusud
11 Feb 2020, 9:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go? Gears.
Replies: 60
Views: 2608

Re: Tandem - Once you stop its hard to start ...

For our tandem we have 24 front 32 rear currently and I am considering going the littlegreycat route of 24 front 34 rear. The point is with a tandem - once you stop its very hard to get going again - because of the issues trying to get the tandem started on a steep hill. So typically once we stop ....
by iandusud
10 Feb 2020, 8:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2515

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

Horses for courses: I have bikes with caliper brakes, V brakes, cable discs and hydro discs. They all work well. IME hydro discs on a mtb is a no brainer as they offer fantastic power and modulation and they work well in the wet and mud. If they present a problem they can be sorted out when I get ho...
by iandusud
9 Feb 2020, 8:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: Breaking in Brooks Saddle

We're fairly convinced that the Brooks is the right saddle for her Cheers, Ian Good . but it is still quite hard, Even better. You want it to stay that way for ever (unfortunately it won't). What needs to happen is that the saddle deforms slightly to exactly mirror your wife's anatomy. Then it will...
by iandusud
9 Feb 2020, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: Breaking in Brooks Saddle

Thank you the various replies. She is on the rear of the tandem with a suspension seat post. The Brooks is the best saddle for her of the various good ladies saddles she has used. I should add that I do a 3-4 hour ride on my solo every weekend, as well as much longer rides from time to time, so hav...
by iandusud
9 Feb 2020, 7:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: Breaking in Brooks Saddle

Thank you the various replies. She is on the rear of the tandem with a suspension seat post. The Brooks is the best saddle for her of the various good ladies saddles she has used. I should add that I do a 3-4 hour ride on my solo every weekend, as well as much longer rides from time to time, so have...
by iandusud
9 Feb 2020, 4:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: Breaking in Brooks Saddle

Not a bad idea but the saddle only her daily ride is knackered so no good for the tandem< I was planning on replacing with the second best saddle she's used on the tandem. Her daily commute is only 15 mins each way, so any saddle will do, even the knackered one!
by iandusud
9 Feb 2020, 3:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: Breaking in Brooks Saddle

I have thought about putting it on daily ride but it's a bit of faff to swap it around every week - twice! However not out of the question. As for a gel cover I tend to think that will only make matters worse. The softer saddle options have been the worst.
by iandusud
9 Feb 2020, 2:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Breaking in Brooks Saddle

When my wife and I got our tandem a couple of years ago I bought a pair of B17 Imperial saddles (S for my wife). I found mine very comfortable from the off and it's only got better. My wife however wasn't so happy and after various adjustments we tried other saddles but none have been good. She is n...
by iandusud
9 Feb 2020, 10:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1607

Re: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices

Bryton 410 with altitude https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bryton-Rider-410E-Cycling-Black/dp/B07DR5C2NZ/ref=sr_1_1?adgrpid=83312295498&dchild=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA-P7xBRAvEiwAow-VabHL6xkY-91BptH5seFWSqzQVIwtNKv1HrSYX_h3twmcLN1SgtOCWRoCLsUQAvD_BwE&hvadid=394040952384&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006766&a...
by iandusud
9 Feb 2020, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 2 cross OK for road bike wheels?
Replies: 16
Views: 576

Re: 2 cross OK for road bike wheels?

All depends on what sort of usage. I wouldn't hesitate on a front wheel unless it was being used for heavily loaded touring or with a disc brake. I don't think I would with a rear wheel. But if you were for example using it with a big tyre on the road then there probably wouldn't be an issue. Can yo...